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Residential Market

Unique coastal property from World War 1 era up for sale

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An iconic Grade II listed property on the North East coast has made a rare appearance on the property market.

The Tynemouth Watchtower in North Tyneside was built towards the end of World War One and established as a command tower for The Tyne Turrets, two guns situated at Seaton Delaval and South Shields that were taken from battle cruisers, to defend the coast from the approaching German enemy.

Owned originally by the War Office, the seven-storey tower is one of the tallest of its kind and was extensively used during World War Two, playing a vital role in the UK’s defence as a strategic lookout.

The tower is beautifully engineered and built primarily of reinforced steel and concrete, and retains a distinctive character amidst its robust design. Boasting three bedrooms, it has many notable decorative features and offers a highly unique residence with unparalleled views of the North East coastline.

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Michael Mortimer, managing director of Hive Estates, which is marketing the property, said:


“It's not every day that you get to introduce such a unique and historical property to potential homeowners - we’re extremely excited to market this one.

“The Tynemouth Watchtower isn't just a house; it tells an important narrative and is part of the North East’s history in two world wars.

“For those looking to make a statement with their next property purchase, or simply seeking a home with character and history, the watch tower is an unmissable opportunity.”

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Following the Second World War, the tower was sold by the Ministry of Defence as a private residence in 1967. It was sold again in 2000 and now, 23 years later, it’s back on the market with Hive Estates. The current selling price has been set at £500,000.

For further details about the tower and to arrange a viewing, please contact Hive Estates on 0191 261 8500 or visit

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